In just over five hours, the hugging will begin! I am so looking forward to this, as always. We struggled to set the number of appointments we’d hoped for this year but we’re just as proud and grateful as ever. Thank you to everyone who has signed up and thanks to those of you who considered it but, for all kinds of reasons, won’t be joining us. The take away here isn’t just blood… it’s about carrying a little of Bowen in your heart. It’s about remember that love and life are fleeting, that even the most difficult of moments are precious, and that there is beauty in everything.
With twenty days between now and the drive, we have confirmed 35 appointment times. I love it. Keep ‘em coming. Only 75 to go!! We need to average roughly four appointments a day before Memorial Day to blow this thing out of the water. Let’s do this!!!
I can’t believe it has been a year. Some moments it feels like Bowen’s birth and death happened light years ago. Other moments the wound is so fresh that I check my wrist for a hospital band. No matter the volume of that tightening pain in my throat, that sting behind my eyes, I carry that baby boy with me in my heart instead of my arms, every moment of every day. This year has brought us equal challenges and peace. And our grief is always changing.
What hasn’t changed is our commitment to the Indiana Blood Center and our desire to perpetuate Bowen’s memory while giving back what we took freely across his twenty five days. With great excitement and pride, I announce the second annual, large scale Team BoHawk Memorial blood drive. As I mentioned in previous posts, last year’s first drive, the *big* one, was like a second wedding day for us. Planning, anticipation, sleepless nights, nervousness, all of which led to a zenith of a day. We both felt so uplifted and rejuvenated, surrounded by family and loved ones, new and very old friends. I can’t wait to do it again.
Sign up for one of more than a hundred appointment times here.
The location will be the same but this year we will be in the large social hall in the church’s basement, just in case we have another scorcher of a day. The social hall is much larger and MUCH cooler.
May 29th from 2pm to 7pm
Saturday, September 24th marks the final Team BoHawk blood drive of 2011. Burd Ford has so graciously offered their dealership as the location for the event. I can’t wait to see all faces (and your bandaged arms!!) one last time this year. Sign up, spread the word, roll up your sleeve. For Bo.
Click HERE to schedule your appointment time!!
Thank you so much to everyone who came out for the Ed Martin drive. Again, we hit our goals and even had to turn some folks away. As with the previous drive, we are truly lifted by everyone’s support. And a HUGE thank you to the staff at Ed Martin. We’re overwhelmed. And we thank you.
Our incredibly generous friends at Nathaniel Edmunds donated their time, energy, and amazing talents and captured the day in photographs.
Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, Nate and Tiffany.
Exactly 56 days after our innaugural drive, we are hosting our SECOND blood drive in Bowen’s memory. The Ed Martin Automotive Group has so very graciously offered up their Honda/Nissan location for a blood mobile drive. Our goal for this drive is only 35 pints. I’m hoping there’ll be another race for these appointment times! And don’t worry; if all the spots are taken, we will be hosting a third and final drive of the year at Burd Ford in the fall!
Schedule your appointment NOW!!